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“Genuine Sicilian Family Hospitality”
Review of Gallo Cedrone

Gallo Cedrone
Ranked #5 of 16 Restaurants in Castelmola
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $21 - $29
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Families with children, Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
North Midlands, England
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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“Genuine Sicilian Family Hospitality”
Reviewed September 27, 2009

Gallo Cedrone – Rooster Cedrone is a true gem!
Enterprisingly Ricardo met the local Toarmina - Castelmola bus that we travelled up to the village on at the Castelmola bus terminus and handed out small flyers inviting passengers to visit and sample the fare!
We were dubious at first but then decided we might as well try it and we were not disappointed.
After the steep walk up the hill our fellow passengers were lured by the bar at the top of the hill, overlooking the village square, but we decided to take a longer walk and investigate what was on offer!

We were greeted enthusiastically by Mamma Maria who speaks little English and our faltering attempts at Italian were welcomed. We were soon seated outside in a welcome shady part of the terrace as it was a very hot day. The terrace overlooks a valley with a fabulous view across to Mount Etna. The restaurant is a whole family affair : Roberto and sister Irene also share the cooking and there were several locals taking lunchtime drinks there while we were there.
We selected simple pasta dishes from the extensive menu and ordered a local white wine which had a real taste of honey and citrus to it’s bouquet.
A bruschetta was offered as a taster and this was the very best bruschetta we have ever tasted: garlicky and tomatoey with a really strong oregano flavour: the sort of taste that you want to bottle! Ricardo told us that he makes these from bread from the day before.
The pastas then arrived: Al Salmone for me and Arrabiata for my husband, both of these dishes just enough to satisfy the appetite but not overfill, and both truly scrumptious. Along with a bowl of grated parmigiano to add to our own taste.
The menu appeared again for dessert however we were both contented: my husband sampled an espresso coretto – with added grappa, and we were both given a small glass of local almond wine (Mandorla) after the meal.
This is truly a family affair and we really wished we could have visited again for the evening dining experience there.

As it was we wended our way back down the hill to the bus comfortably full and contented having experienced a tiny part of a part of the real Sicily which was what we went there to see.

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Manchester
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“Home made Sicilian Cooking with a view as delightful as the Food”
Reviewed September 1, 2009

If you are visiting Taormina don't forget to take the bus to Castelmola to find the real gem of our holiday. In a quiet street away from the tourists is Gallo Cedrone is a small family run restaurant, honest, tasty, home cooking with a view to die for. Its run by Riccardo, his brother Roberto, sister Irene, watched over by their mother Maria.

We stumbled here by chance but made sure we returned for extra helpings of Ricardos hospitality, complimentary bruschetta, sublime home made sausages, just a few of the gems on offer, along with devilish canolli and tiramisu all washed down with Sicilian wine as the sun went down behind Mount Etna.

And if that wasn't heaven before we headed home we joined the family for an ice cold glass of local Vino alla Mandorla with a hug and a handshake and a promise to return. An honest and friendly meal at honest and friendly prices the view he throws in for love.

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london
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23 reviews
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“Gallo Cedrone - its a must in castelmola”
Reviewed July 28, 2009

first of all, never be persuaded to walk to castelmola from taormina. that was my first great decision of the evening, the second and more rewarding was eating at Gallo Cedrone. forget all the other places in this delightful hill top village, this place is perfect. from the cheery and friendly greeting from Mamma we were guided to a table at this great pizzeria at the far edge of the village. its a real family run affair with Mamma, riccardo, roberto and irene running the restaurant. riccardos english is so good i had to ask how long he spent in england, the reply, 1 month in brighton. anyway, we are there to try and speak italian and not be a typical english abroad type. he was charming, brought us a fantastic vino bianco locale, a plate of bruscetta on the house and then the most delishious pizza i have ever had. thin and crispy with great pommodoro sauce and prosciutto. they make it without yeast and the result is great. we would have stayed longer but we had to make the 9.15pm bus back down that hill. i recommend this place as one of the highlights of a week in taormino, the welcome and service was exceptional and would make you go back again and again. but if you did then that shocking walk up the hill might have to be part of the plan after all those pizzas.

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Dubai
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“So friendly and tasty food”
Reviewed July 23, 2009

This restaurant was recommended by our hotel (Villa Angela) and also by some other guests. What a wonderful experience, the family are so friendly and the bruschetta is the best we have ever had. They are so proud of their business and showed us copies of reviews that had been made in a local paper and on trip advisor. If you want true italian hospitality you can do no better than 'Mamas'.

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dublin
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“Excellent food, lovely family!”
Reviewed July 16, 2009

We discoverd this restaurant after eating in a few others in the village.....and we didn't go anywhere else after! The food was simple, but fresh and tasty. The restaurant is owned by Ricardo, his brother & their lovely Mamma Maria! The service was great, always with a smile, and nothing is too much trouble. Try the homemade tiramisu and cannoli-the best in town! Great value for money, with excellent meal deals. Overall, a great find, highly recommended!

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